“Learning Abandon” by Claudia F. Savage, published in The Poeming Pigeon: Poems about Food, released November, 2015 by The Poetry Box.
Once, orchards smelled like love ought to —
cinnamon and rot and leaves set to flame.
Sweet smoke. A day’s obsession.
More blatant green. More red blush
across the cheeks. Perfect skin break
for our impossible teeth.
Tangy honey to coat the tongue,
to urge us on. To more.
Twelve a piece. More.
Ladder here. Higher.
And when the gold flush of an early sun
fell, I called to you.
No waste or excess.
You and me, reaching.